And this is after Trump publicly claimed not to know anything about Bill Barr announcing that this guy was stepping down.
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump on Saturday fired the federal prosecutor whose office put his former personal lawyer in prison and is investigating his current one, heightening criticism that the president was carrying out an extraordinary purge to rid his administration of officials whose independence could be a threat to his re-election campaign.
Mr. Trump’s dismissal of the prosecutor, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, whose office has pursued one case after another that have rankled Mr. Trump, led to political blowback and an unexpected result: By the end of the day, Mr. Berman’s handpicked deputy, not the administration’s favored replacement, was chosen to succeed him for now.
The abrupt ouster of Mr. Berman came as Mr. Trump sought to reinvigorate his campaign with its first public rally in months and days after new allegations by his former national security adviser that he had engaged in “obstruction of justice as a way of life.”
It was the latest move in a broader purge of administration officials that has intensified in the months since the Republican-led Senate acquitted Mr. Trump at an impeachment trial.
Since the beginning of the year, the president has fired or forced out inspectors general with independent oversight over executive branch agencies and other key figures from the trial.
Initially, this Berman guy refused to step down despite pressure from Barr.
It was not until Barr went to his daddy to fire him and then agreed to allow his chief of staff, Audrey Strauss, to assume his position that Berman gave in.
Not only that but it’s pretty clear that Trump and Barr were trying to do this on the down-low without attracting any media attention, but Berman said “Fuck that” and created a huge spectacle that now has congressional Democrats looking into the decision to remove him.
In other words, Trump’s Keystone Kops do it again.